Vikings’ Katheryn Winnick gives self-defense crash courses to co-stars

Vikings' Katheryn Winnick gives self-defense crash courses to co-stars

Vikings’ Katheryn Winnick gives self-defense crash courses to female co-stars (Picture: FilmMagic)Vikings star Katheryn Winnick is one heck of a warrior when taking on the role of Lagertha.
But it turns out the actress even more of a badass off screen, as not only has she achieved a black belt in taekwondo, she’s now teaching her female co-stars all of the moves while on set.
That’s right, the 41-year-old is spreading her self-defense knowledge by putting on crash courses for her Vikings buddies.
When chatting to Entertainment Tonight, Katheryn, who started taekwondo aged 16, spoke about her on behind the scenes classes and how she runs the WIN KAI Martial Arts Schools in Toronto with her brother Adam.
‘I have a strong need to teach women self-defense,’ the star told the publication before adding: ‘I want to give women all the tools they need, based on knowledge, to get out of situations.’

The star started taekwondo aged 16 (Picture: Katheryn Winnick profile)The actress come director had previously addressed the #MeToo movement, and how she hoped to inspire women through her character.
Revealing that she was afraid to take on a domestic abuse storyline, Katheryn spoke about her discussion with the show’s writer Michael Hirst and how he convinced her to accept the challenge.
‘A lot of relationships of domestic abuse, especially now with the #MeToo movement, you see a lot of it coming forward. These women are strong,’ she said.
‘They’re just put in a situation where it’s unfortunately based on power, and that’s usually what any kind of sexual or physical abuse is. It’s really a domination of power, and for [Lagertha], she always does come out stronger at the end.’

She hopes to inspire women through the character Lagertha (Picture: Rex / History)Katheryn added: ‘I think a lot of girls and women around the world can relate to being in a situation where their voices are not as strong, but hopefully they will have the courage and the confidence to be able to get out of the situation, and become even stronger, just as Lagertha did.’
Hirst has recently spoken about his discussion with Katheryn during an interview with Syfy, and opened up on how he convinced the star to play the role.
The 66-year-old said: ‘I’ve thrown everything at Lagertha. I’ve told Katheryn I would put her in lots of situations that women have been in.
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‘After she’s left Ragnar in the second season, we see her married to an abusive guy. Katheryn said that she didn’t like that story, that [she’s] got a following who see Lagertha as a strong, powerful woman. “What are they going to think of me?”
‘I told her Katheryn that strong, intelligent women will relate to your situation, it’s how you deal with it that matters. I’m going to put you in lots of different situations that resonate.’

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